The bus from Penang took only a few hours and so we arrived at the town of Tanah Rat in the Cameron Highlands around lunch time on Sat 3rd March. The Cameron Highlands are known for their 'Boh' tea and the tea plantations here as well as their growing of strawberries, and driving into the highlands you could see that every area of land here is being used to grow something, its amazing, The highlands are over 150m above sea level and we were able to enjoy a few colder days here which was nice after the intense heat we have had everywhere the last month or two.
The scenery here was stunning; rolling fields of lush grenery, tea plantations everywhere and lovely mountians to look at. We stayed here for 2 nights in a wee guesthouse called 'twin pines' which was the cheapest place we could find. It was grand and it was really nice to actually feel chilly in bed and wrap up in the blanket rather than be positioned exactly in the line of fire of the fan in the room!
On the saturday night we decided to eat the local flamous dish a 'steamboat' so we carefully selected a cheap but clean looking place to have this mysterious dish! It turned out to be hilarious; they bring you a burner and dishes and dishes of raw uncooked food which you then cook in the bubbling broth in the saucepan. Problem was there was so much food and not enough room in there and we really didnt know what order to be cooking things, aware that we really didnt want to get it wrong with raw fish and chicekn etc. The poor waiter guy had to keep coming over to reassure us we were doing it right! In the end it wasnt all that tasty and definitely wasnt worth the wait when we were both so hungry haha, we wont be ordereing that again thats for sure!
We did a half day sight seeing tour here on the Sunday and ended up the only 2 on the minivan tour which was quite handy! The tour took us to see the rose farm, butterfly farm, cactus farm, tea plantation and honey bee farm. The tea plantations are amazing and really fascinating to see and the patterns that the rows of tea leaves grow are really pretty to see on the landscape. We bought a cup of the famous Boh tea each and drank it with a lovely tray bake overlooking the plantations in a raised cafe...was lovely. Neither of us drink tea but it was a tasty enough cup! We got to look around the local markets here too.
So tomorrow we leave the Cameron Highlands and head to Taman Negara National Park where we are hoping to spot some good animals!